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Mills Reef Awarded 2012 NZ Syrah Trophy at IWC in London

Mills Reef’s Elspeth Syrah 2010 has taken the ‘NZ SYRAH TROPHY’ at the 2012 International Wine Challenge, just announced in London.

Mills Reef Chief Winemaker, Tim Preston, was elated with the news, saying "It’s a tremendous endorsement for a wine we’ve long known has super-star qualities”.

The Elspeth Syrah is handcrafted from grapes grown on the Gimblett Gravels, within the winery’s own Mere Road Vineyard, in the ‘eastern block’ where 29 rows were planted in 1996.

Since the very first vintage, the stunning quality of grapes coming forth saw the wine receive high praise and rise to instant fame.

The inaugural 1998 vintage received 5 Stars from Australian judges and a Trophy in New Zealand, the 1999 vintage two 5-Star awards and a Blue-Gold in Sydney, the 2000 vintage four Gold medals and two Trophies. That stellar success has continued with every vintage since, earning the wine elite status in 2005 as a CLASSIC New Zealand wine, following a rigorous review of five consecutive vintages, by leading wine writer Michael Cooper, in which he gave all five vintages 5 stars.

This latest IWC Trophy is resounding international endorsement of that status, which Mills Reef General Manager, Nick Aleksich, says is "hugely exciting and rewarding to receive”.

He also commented that "vine age in the Eastern Syrah block has now hit the magic 15 year mark, so we’re super-excited to see the new highs this wine will reach in future vintages”.
Posted by Thomas McAuley on 22 Jun 2012

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